Max Frisch Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Max Frisch Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

A central theme in Max Frisch’s works is the problem of personal identity. The second of the Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt make no graven image,” is a key to understanding his works. In an interview with the critic Horst Bienek in 1961, Frisch remarked that people invent plots for their lives, often defending these fictions at great sacrifice. According to Frisch, every “I” that expresses itself is a role. People not only invent roles for themselves but also form images of others; in turn, they suffer from the images others make of them. Frisch asserted that adopting a role or being forced into a role by the expectations of others limits a person’s possibilities; instead of being exciting enigmas, people who are forced...

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